Maui Family Trip 2015: Beaches

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Hanakaoo Beach

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Lahaina Canoe Club

Hamoa Beach

Hamoa Beach

Dr. Beach's 4th best beach in U.S.

Dr. Beach’s 4th best beach in U.S.

Road to Hana leads to this Beach, Koki Beach

Road to Hana leads to this Beach, Koki Beach

Koki Beach Maui, HI

Koki Beach
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Maui's Black Sand Beach Waianapanapa State Park

Hana Bay and Town

The girls disobediently got soaking wet. We had to air dry their clothes out the window of the car while driving.

The girls disobediently got soaking wet. We had to air dry their clothes out the window of the car while driving.

Can't remember what the name of this beach. It was always busy and people camped around it.

Can’t remember what the name of this beach. It was always busy and people camped around it.

Makena Big Beach

Makena Big Beach

Makena Beach State Park

Makena Beach State Park

I'd recommend doing this in the early morning or night, when or if it gets cooler.

Ka’anapali Beach I’d recommend doing this in the early morning or night, when or if it gets cooler.

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Lahaina, HI is much hotter than Kihei! This particular day was sweltering hot.

Lahaina, HI is much hotter than Kihei! This particular day was sweltering hot.

View from the boardwalk by Whalers Village Lahaina, HI

View from the boardwalk by Whalers Village
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Plenty of provided activities for resort residents and visitors: snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle boarding, surfing, kite sailing, etc. Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

If you want romance, the ambience in this area is palpable!

If you want romance, the ambience in this area is palpable!

Shoreline along resorts like the Grand Wailea and The Fairmont Kea Lani.

Shoreline along resorts like the Grand Wailea and The Fairmont Kea Lani.

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Wailea Beach

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Because we missed Dexter at Comic Con

The desire to go to Comic Con this year, here in San Diego, was strong. Two of our favorite television series was going to be there; Breaking Bad and Dexter. Even more urgently, for each of these shows, it is their last season. Sadly were weren’t able to go. What did we do instead? We spent Saturday finding locations from season 2 of Dexter. They mostly shoot their episodes in Long Beach, which from Carlsbad, is only a little over an hour away.

I had never been to Long Beach, but when I hear the name, I think of Newport Beach or Laguna Beach. This is what I had in mind when driving there. It must be told, it is nowhere near the visual I had in mind. Jake informed me that the music groups, Sublime and Snoop Dog originated from this place. Long Beach would have been extremely disappointing if it wasn’t for the excitement of finding these locations seen on Dexter.

Rita’s House:
http://seeing-stars.com/Dexter/RitasHouse.shtml

The website explains why this house looks a little different from the one in the show.

Dexter's girlfriend, Rita's home.  This neighborhood was actually pretty nice compared to my expectations.

Dexter’s girlfriend, Rita’s home. This neighborhood was actually pretty nice compared to my expectations.

Where Debra and Lundy ate sandwiches’ and where Dexter docs his boat:
http://seeing-stars.com/Dexter/CoralCoveMarina.shtml

Leeward Bay Marina

Leeward Bay Marina

Where Dexter drops in his tool bag, expecting a diving class will find them. Which will then, frame Doakes for being the Bay Harbor Butcher:

http://seeing-stars.com/Dexter/ShortPier.shtml

Next to the Bayshore Playground. 14 54th place Long Beach, CA

Next to the Bayshore Playground. 14 54th place Long Beach, CA

The Cabin where Doakes was held captive and Lila exploded:
http://seeing-stars.com/Dexter/Cabin.shtml

This was the highlight of the our trip. The Botanic Garden’s land was first used for mining, then it was a sanitary landfill, but you wouldn’t believe it. It’s vast surroundings are tranquil with beautiful, lush vegetation. With a light mist of rain, a couple was getting married. A large banquet dinner was set up and getting prepared for its guests. Because the place was closing we only had a half hour to find the lake. On the map, it looks like a long walk but it wasn’t. The lady who helped us was super friendly and we were able to use our San Diego Botanic Garden membership to get in.

South Coast Botanic Garden. The reason why Ayzia has this look on her face is because the tree has some scary looking knobs on it.

South Coast Botanic Garden. The reason why Ayzia has this look on her face is because the tree has some scary looking knobs on it.

Possibly the spot where the Cabin was. Another movie is being filmed here and this is part of their set.

Possibly the spot where the Cabin was. Another movie is being filmed here and this is part of their set.

South Coast Botanic Garden

South Coast Botanic Garden

Newport Beach California

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Yesterday for Mother’s Day weekend we went to Newport Beach. Corona Del Mar beach was where we enjoyed the sand, sun, and splashing waves. We had dinner at Café Rio and then visited the LDS temple. This was a spontaneous trip so I didn’t look up the temple pictures before-hand. I was surprised to see that the temple isn’t a gleaming white. It is enchanting and very beautiful! Today we enjoyed church and made the sabbath a relaxing one.

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